Pirates' Jameson Taillon returns to mound weeks after testicular cancer treatment

Back in early May, Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed starter Jameson Taillon landed on the disabled list with what was termed "groin discomfort." Days later, he underwent surgery to treat suspected (and later confirmed) testicular cancer.

As scary as that seems, there is some good news to report. That's because Taillon made a rehab start on Sunday for the Pirates' Double-A affiliate in Altoona. He pitched well, too:

Taillon also had this cool moment, courtesy of Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Outside the clubhouse, Mr. Taillon met with a fan from Erie who had Stage 3 testicular cancer and underwent 16 weeks of chemotherapy. They spent an inning talking — Mr. Taillon, the man and his children. Since the surgery, Mr. Taillon has said he's been lucky. He has access to world-class doctors. He has insurance. His cancer was detected in the early stages. But there's a community he now is included in, Mr. Taillon said Sunday, and "it's cool to share these stories."

The Pirates entered Sunday 23-27 and in sole possession of last place in the NL Central. Getting Taillon back in the coming weeks should help Pittsburgh play better, but let's be clear: the best part of the whole thing is Taillon making a quick and full recovery.

Prior to going on the DL, Taillon had pitched to a 3.31 ERA and 2.31 strikeout-to-walk ratio over six starts.

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R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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